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October 1, 2013 - Non-profit organizations in South Florida were awarded a total of 80,000 in grants from OUR FUND, South Florida’s LGBT community foundation, for projects that will help improve the lives of LGBT residents of South Florida. The grants require that the selected agencies work with their staff and OUR FUND to obtain equal matching gifts from new donors or increased gifts from existing donors between now and December 31, 2013 for a total of $160,000.

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Projects in areas that included health, education, civil rights, arts, human services, youth, LBT women and transgender were selected from the tri-county area by the Programs and Grants Committee of OUR FUND, a committee comprised of community leaders from all three counties.

To find out more about each project, please click on the organization below:

Compass Community Center: Funds to host the largest display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Florida.

Equality Florida: Funds to initiate Gender Identity programs through Equality Means Business and advocate for transgender residents to minimize transphobia. (Matching gift requirements for Equality Florida have been met. No future matching will be provided for Equality Florida under this program)

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida: Purchase of software to aid in donor and grant tracking.(Matching gift requirements for GMCSS have been met. No future matching will be provided for GMCSS under this program).

Gilda’s Club: “Touched by Cancer project will increase targeted marketing campaigns to the LGBT community on the causes and risk factors of cancer. Provide lists of health resources helpful to LGBT population (Matching gift requirements for Gilda's Club have been met. No future matching will be provided for Gilda's Club under this Program).

Latinos Salud: Expand their HIV testing efforts to target those local gay men who are reluctant to test and provide needed support to those who know their HIV+ status but have been unable to manage their diagnosis (Matching gift requirements for Latinos Salud have been met. No future matching will be provided for Latinos Salud).

Pride Center at Equality Park: Continued funding for a fully-equipped staffed office for LBT women to receive needed support referrals, services and resources.

Safe Schools South Florida: Funding to continue programs making schools’ environments safer for all students. (Matching gift requirements for SSSF have been met. No future matching will be provided for SSSF under this program.)

The Stonewall National Museum and Archives: Funding for a statewide distribution of educational materials that will help create thoughtful conversations among our state’s educators, administrators and student population.

SunServe: Funding for GenderServe, a project that will improve the mental, physical, financial and emotional well-being of all transgender persons in South Florida. (Matching gift requirements for SunServe have been met. No future matching will be provided to SunServe under this program.)

YES Institute: Expansion of education efforts to help youth facing rejection and harassment on the basis of gender and orientation. Funds will be used primarily in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The Funding for these projects was provided by the First 100 Funders Fund, created by the generosity of Our Fund supporters who pledge their support for a period of three years by committing to a minimum annual contribution of $1,500. A portion of their gift is allocated to this special Fund designed to increase philanthropy. “Our philanthropic impacts are achieved when our community works together”, Anthony Timiraos, CEO/President of OUR FUND. “Our donors know that they are part of a charitable network that increases their effectiveness and impact – together, we are all making a difference”.

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